ImageSpotlight: FDR Waterfall


Waterall at FDR State Park. Canon 7D | ef-s 10-22mm wide-angle lens.

Waterall at FDR State Park. Canon 7D | ef-s 10-22mm wide-angle lens.

FDR state park contains over 9,000 acres with more than 40 miles of hiking trails. I’ve probably only seen 4 of those miles but what I’ve seen has been a great. It has a blend of hardwoods and pines, creeks, and small waterfalls. With recent rains, I decided to explore the areas waterfalls hoping that the water would be flowing freely. Since I’d never walked the trails before, I decided to pack light with only my camera, a single wide-angle lens, and various filters. In my haste to hit the trails, I drove off and left the tripod at home. We all know that the tripod is the most important accessory of all so this was a major gaffe on my part.

I stopped at the visitor center and inquired about the best waterfall location. Based upon their advice, I started my hike along the trail they suggested. The trails were pretty and peaceful and I was enjoying the walk but it took about 1.5 to 2 miles to hit the first waterfall. It was nice, but not what I was looking for so I pressed forward. A mile or so down the trail, I came across the waterfall pictured here. Without a tripod, I had to find a way to brace my camera so I utilized a big rock, my camera bag, and the lens hood to prop up the front end of the lens. I could have worked the scene more with a tripod but I was pleased to come away with this given the situation. In any case, I had fun and I’ll be back another day.

Until next time, good light and keep shooting and always remember your tripod. –KEVIN

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